There’s something about summer. The sunshine, warm air, and beauty of nature seem to make everything better. For me, motherhood becomes even more enjoyable. I love to be outside. Sunshine just makes me happy, and it seems to have the same effect on my little ones. MMB has so many great products to help you have a simple, fun summer with your kids.
Imaginative Play at Home
Invite a friend and her little ones over and enjoy imaginative play. Take an outdoor blanket and sit outside with your babies and have a play picnic. We love our Little Unicorn blanket. It’s super easy to keep clean and folds easily for storage. Bring out the play food and have a tea party. Melissa and Doug sets are a favorite around here. Pretend your little one is going to the store or ice cream shop and integrate more toys. If you are still playing with a younger baby, break out some balls and let them experience different sizes and textures. Bubbles are also a fun thing to play with in the summer.
Depending on where you live, there are several different ways you can have fun in the water with your little one. In my area, splash pads are at most parks. These fun water attractions are an easy way to beat the heat. Local pools are also a great way to enjoy the water with babies. Mommy and me swim lessons are offered at most community pools and YMCA centers. The bonus is you can learn about water safety and get your baby used to being in the water. MMB has several water, beach, and sand toys you can take with you if you live close to the beach. I love all of the Hape toys. MMB has also started carrying foldable wagons. Keenz and Veer are two super popular brands that have great reviews!
Fun Around Town
Get together with other moms and decide on a local place to meet up at. Here in my area, we have a children’s zoo. Bring the stroller or wagon or babywear in your favorite carrier. (I would be using my Tula!) Zoos usually have season memberships where you can stay as long or little as you want and then head home for the day. No worries about tantrums or cranky babies that way.
Many cities have aquatic centers or intriguing parks for little ones. Babies are not too small to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature and outdoor activities. We love to take our Replay cups and snack stacks to the park for snack break.
MMB also has you covered with sunscreen, bug spray, and fun sandals for the family. I love Badger bug spray, Think Baby sunscreen, and some cute Saltwater sandals!
Whatever you do this summer, get outside and keep it simple! Don’t stress about making summer fancy, just enjoy your family and the beautiful weather.
Karyn Meyerhoff lives, writes, and keeps things simple in Arkansas with her 3 kiddos.